Jo Darvall

Biography

Jo Darvall was born 1966 Yarram, Victoria. She lives and works in Fremantle Western Australia, and Lectures in Fine Arts University of Western Australia.

Jo Darvall is an accomplished artist who specialises in oil painting, watercolour and printmaking. Her artistic process involves meticulous research and understanding of the subject matter. A key theme in her practise is the link between people and our connection with the natural landscape.

Jo Darvall completed her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne before relocating to Perth with her family. Darvall has grown her practice over the past three decades and her works of art have featured in nineteen solo exhibitions and forty-eight group exhibitions in Australia, London, China and Singapore.

In 2018 she co-founded the Swan River Print Studio at Goolagatup Heathcote Gallery in the City of Melville, Western Australia. She has been shortlisted for over 28 awards and in 2023 won one of Australia’s biggest regional art prizes, the Collie Art Prize.

Darvall taught at the Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC),  the University of Western Australia (UWA), and is one of the founders for Artists for Kids Culture Trust in Victoria. Darvall has been featured in magazine and newspaper articles and has published catalogues with guest writers for most of her solo exhibitions, with her work represented in major private and international collections.

EDUCATION

1998 Bachelor of Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
Encaustic Mono Printing Art Students League of New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023 Hydrosphere, Fox Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria
2022 Regeneration, Studio Gallery, Yallingup, Western Australia
2021 Winged Realm, PG Gallery Melbourne
2021 Wandoo Linton and Kay Galleries, Western Australia
2020 Natures Marks, Studio Gallery, Western Australia
2019 Mooro Katta, PS Art Space, Fremantle Western Australia
2018 Jo Darvall, Nyisztor Studio, Western Australia
2018 Like Water, Mundaring Arts Centre and No 1. Pump Station, Mundaring Weir, National Trust Western Australia
2017 Raw Umber and Silk, Manet Museum, Beijing China
2017 All that is Changing, Australian High Commission, Singapore
2016 Reckless Romantics, Sagra Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Paris Bled into the Indian Ocean, Regional Public Art Gallery, Busselton, Western Australia

RECENT AWARDS

2023 Award Winner Collie Art Prize, Western Australia
2022 Finalist Perth Royal ArtPrize, Western Australia
2022 Finalist Ravenswood Australian Woman’s Art Prize New South Wales
2022 Finalist Jury Art Prize The Junction Gallery Port Hedland Western Australia
2022 Finalist Minawarra Art Award Western Australia
2022 Finalist The Swan Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Western Australia
2021 Award Winner (Local Resident Award) City of Melville Art Awards, Western Australia
2021 Finalist Mid West Art Prize Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Western Australia
2021 Finalist York Botanical Art Prize, Western Australia
2021 Finalist Geelong Print Acquisitive Award, Victoria
2021 Finalist Burnie Print Prize 2021 Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania
2020 High Commendation Busselton Contemporary Art Award, Western Australia

Full CV